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Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

The title says it all. Why are those people who are living with daily, severe pain excluded from the conversation around pain management?  Why are we treated as problems with no solution, difficult, unpleasant and something to be swept under the rug?   With “patient centred… Read More »Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

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Study:  Efficacy of opioids versus placebo in chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of enriched enrolment randomized withdrawal trials

This meta-analysis of FDA-required double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain has shown that there is an ample evidence base supporting the efficacy of opioid analgesics for at least 3 months’ duration, a standard period for the evaluation of treatments for chronic pain and other chronic disorders

Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

Another new study on opioids for chronic pain has just been released and the Australian media has picked it up and is running with sensationalistic anti-opioid headlines.  Again.  I’ve seen articles today in The Conversation and the Sydney Morning Herald.  Predictably, the media, and the… Read More »Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

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Recent Restrictions to Legally Prescribed Opioid Medications in Australia

By Kev James – Volunteer Community Worker – Chronic Pain Patient & Medical Cannabis Advocate. Reproduced with permission. Original article published here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/recent-restrictions-legally-prescribed-opioid-australia-kevin-james/?trackingId=4zRMC9ktT9WsKQQQcyqZTA%3D%3D ”Australians dealing with chronic pain – including a 15 year old – have taken their own lives rather than live in pain… Read More »Recent Restrictions to Legally Prescribed Opioid Medications in Australia